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Under a blanket of blue – discover the best places to spot bluebells this year with the National Trust in East Sussex

Spring has arrived and what better way to delight your senses than with the sight and scent of a sea of bluebells. The National Trust has revealed the best places to enjoy bluebells in East Sussex this season.

credit: National Trust Jerry Harpur

credit: National Trust Jerry Harpur

With over half the global population of bluebells blossoming on UK shores, Britain’s beautiful blue spring is a quintessential part of our native landscape. The National Trust is one of the most important organisations in the UK for bluebell conservation – a quarter of the Trust’s woodland is ancient or semi-natural; the ideal habitats for bluebells to flourish.

The blooming date for bluebells varies depending on the weather, but you can usually expect to see them in April and May. The top National Trust places in East Sussex where you can enjoy bluebells in all their glory include:

Bateman’s, East Sussex

One of the best things about bluebells is the smell – there are around 26 different smells that make up the aroma of a bluebell, including scents of lychee and lemon. This intoxicating scent can be enjoyed throughout the estate in spring at Bateman’s, family home of author Rudyard Kipling.

credit: National Trust David Sellman

credit: National Trust David Sellman

Kipling was inspired by the magic and myth of the East Sussex countryside, and it’s easy to see why as the woodland floor turns into a sea of blue from mid-April onwards.

  • Bluebell and wildflower walk

Friday 28 April, 10.30am to 12.30pm

Explore the estate with our Ranger at this most beautiful time of year. Discover the magic of spring as you follow the trails and fields through Rudyard Kipling’s little bit of England.

£5 per person, booking essential on 01435 882302


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